Attempted kidnapping has parents concerned

Attempted kidnapping has parents concerned

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Parents are holding their kids closer after learning a 12-year-old girl was nearly kid-napped in their neighborhood.
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Parents are holding their kids closer after learning a 12-year-old girl was nearly kid-napped in their neighborhood.

"It makes me nervous I’ve got a 9-year-old that likes to play in the front yard. The fact that it happened right across the street-makes me really nervous,” said Jason Bybee who has lived in the area for years.

Bybee isn't the only one with uneasy feelings, ABC 4 Utah talked with several neighbors and parents in the area who share the same concerns. “Kind of worries me a little bit I have three small children,” said Kevin Brimm.

South Salt Lake Police say it all went down Wednesday around 7p.m. The attempted kidnapper approached the girl on foot and grabbed her near 5th East and Sunset Avenue.

“The 12-year-old girl was walking down the street. He approached her, talked to her and then reaches out and grabs her by the forearm and tried to pull her into him and at that time she turns and runs and actually ran out of her shoes. She left her shoes right at the scene,” said Officer Gary Keller for the South Salt Lake Police Department.

That’s when the girl ran towards a police cruiser that just happened to be driving by on Welby Avenue. He then called more officers and police began searching the area, questioning nearby neighbors and brought in K-9's to try and track the attempted kidnapper down.

Now, parents like Bybee are being extra cautious and reminding his daughter to use the buddy system.

"My daughter and her friend if they don't recognize somebody and somebody is wondering around they high tail it in the house," said Bybee.

If anyone has information on this attempted kid napping please call South Salt Lake Police.

 

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